Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. Sign up at your local library, then read six library books of your choice to complete the challenge. ​​

About the Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six library books during the long summer holiday.

Children's reading can 'dip' during the summer holidays if they don't have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure. The annual Summer Reading Challenge helps get three quarters of a million children into libraries each year to keep up their reading skills and confidence. Because everything changes when we read.

There is a different theme each year. Children can read whatever they like - fiction, fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books - just as long as they are borrowed from the library.

Children receive special rewards each time they finish a book and there's a certificate for everyone who completes the Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all primary school aged children and is designed for all reading abilities. Schools work with local libraries and give out information to encourage children to take part, and most libraries run Summer Reading Challenge linked early years activity for pre-schoolers.


​Mischief Makers is the theme of The Summer Reading Challenge 2018

The official start date in England and Wales will be Saturday 14 July and Newham's children will be able to sign up and participate at all of Newham's ten libraries.


Mischief Makers - Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Children will explore a map of Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers! Dennis, Gnasher and friends will help them solve clues and collect stickers, having lots of fun and adventures along the way!

The theme for the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge was Animal Agents, illustrated by the UK's best-selling children's illustrator Tony Ross. A total of 761,758 children across the UK took part in Animal Agents at their local library, an increase of 6,550 from 2016.

Programme of events

We will have a full programme of events and activities from July.
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